Red-breasted Sapsucker at West Vancouver’s Ambleside Park

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Red-breasted Sapsucker | Pic à poitrine rouge | Sphyrapicus ruber: This individual is most likely a full-fledged adult female, but looks quite “worn” (frazzled, in fact). Thankfully, in spite of the terrible lighting, I was able to capture a few good shots of the sapsucker as it was picking away at the insect found under the moss growing on the tree.

Taken on the path next to the pond in West Vancouver’s Ambleside Park, with a handheld Nikon D5200 and AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED (both photos: ISO 400 | 250mm | f/6.3 | 1/1600, cropped). Not baited, called in or set up.

  • Top: ISO 2500| 300mm | f/5.6 | 1/800, cropped
  • Bottom: ISO 1400 | 300mm | f/5.6 | 1/500, cropped for composition

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4 thoughts on “Red-breasted Sapsucker at West Vancouver’s Ambleside Park

    1. That could indeed explain its odd appearance. But I’m guessing that it had been molting into adulthood for some time already, which would explain the rather extensive red on the head.

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